Career Development Opportunities

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Public Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Senior Medical Entomologist, Indiana Department of Health

DESCRIPTION: The Senior Medical Entomologist leads the medical entomology team in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program, which is part of the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). This role directs statewide entomologic investigation and surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases of public health importance in Indiana; supervises the activities of medical entomologists and administrative staff and provide for continuity of operations in their absence; analyzes, interprets, and disseminates entomologic surveillance data; organizes trainings on entomologic surveillance and control for local public health professionals; and provides technical assistance to state agencies, local health departments, Tribal representatives, health care providers, academic partners, community organizations, and members of the public. This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $62,842.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: A master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., entomology, biological sciences) and ≥ 4 years’ relevant public health experience, OR A doctoral-level degree in entomology or other relevant field, and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience, OR A graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with additional focused training in medical entomology, and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience, OR A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ≥ 6 years of relevant public health experience.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Indiana Careers requisition ID 253801.

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POSITION: Senior Epidemiologist, CDC Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, Arctic Investigations Program

DESCRIPTION: The CDC Arctic Investigations Program is recruiting a senior epidemiologist (MD, DO, DVM, PhD) for the Epidemiology Team in Anchorage, Alaska. This solicitation is for civil service personnel in job series 601 or 602 at grades 13, or Commissioned Corps Officers at the O-4, O-5, or O-6 levels. The Arctic Investigations Program’s mission is to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, with special focus on diseases of high incidence and concern among indigenous peoples.

QUALIFICATIONS: MD, DO, DVM, PhD or equivalent degree. Extensive experience in epidemiologic and public health research, and working collaboratively with state and local health departments, or tribal health organizations. Experience developing research protocols and obtaining human subjects review and approval. Ability to perform case investigations, review medical records, and synthesize clinical and laboratory data.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For information, please contact: Marc Fischer at mfischer@cdc.gov or 907-729-3427. To apply, send a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae to mfischer@cdc.gov.

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POSITION: Assistant Entomologist, Beach Mosquito Control District

DESCRIPTION: The Entomology Assistant assists with all aspects of arthropod vector surveillance and reports data. Determines efficacy and efficiency of insecticides. Applies pesticides, as needed, for mosquito control activities utilizing available application techniques/equipment. Work is performed under the supervision of the Entomologist and the Director.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in entomology, biology, botany, marine science, wildlife management, zoology, or another related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply through Beach Mosquito Control District website or AMCA Job ID: 57564242

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science, University of Idaho

DESCRIPTION: The University of Idaho seeks to build on our strength in mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling by adding up to six new tenure-track faculty. We will hire outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. Hires will be at the assistant or associate professor level, and research pairs or teams are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Ph.D. in a biological, social, physical science or other modeling-related discipline. Expertise in at least one area of mathematical / computational / statistical modeling or data science as demonstrated by publications using that expertise. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Positions are open until filled, however, applications received on or before October 11, 2021 will receive first consideration.

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POSITION: Research Associate, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual to investigate the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York through their Citizen Science Program (Upstate Tick Testing Program).

QUALIFICATIONS: Individual with demonstrated experience in tick surveillance and pathogen testing is preferred. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences or a related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or informal discussion, please reach out to thangams@upstate.edu.

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POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to eisearch@upstate.edu. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia International Research Institute for Climate and Society. The applicant will join research projects newly funded by the Department of Defense, NSF and the CDC, and will become part of NEVBD. The postdoctoral research scientist will harness an extensive network of existing and newly acquired surveillance and control datasets to develop predictive models for the presence and abundance of mosquito and tick vectors and their associated pathogens. Areas of emphasis include simulation modeling to identify optimal deployment of individual and integrated tick management approaches currently being investigated in NEVBD, modeling the population dynamics and spatial patterns of spread of mosquito and tick-borne pathogens and ensemble modeling of climate impacts on tick and mosquito-borne diseases. The modeling platforms developed will enhance surveillance and the institutional response capacity for real-time impact on vector-borne disease management. Additional opportunities exist for participation in a range of training and applied research activities related to the ecology, evolution and control of mosquito and tick vectors and vector-borne pathogens.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, epidemiology, applied mathematics, statistics, climate sciences or a related quantitative field. Background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, theoretical ecology, spatial and dynamic modeling, Bayesian inference or mathematical biology is highly desirable, in addition to having strong programming, statistical and quantitative skills. A track record of research excellence is essential, as are excellent written and oral communication skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position is available immediately for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year contingent on availability of funding and satisfactory performance). The position will remain open until filled.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers Entomology/Center for Vector Biology

DESCRIPTION: The Price Lab within the Department of Entomology / Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University seeks to fill an open Postdoctoral Associate position specializing in the evolutionary and molecular biology of ixodid ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease, and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines. This is a grant-funded position with an initial term of one year with possibility of multiple-year renewal.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in relevant area of Entomology, Acarology, Ecology, Immunology, or Veterinary Sciences focusing on ticks, tick biology and/or genome-oriented arthropod research. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience spanning two major disciplines: (1) DNA/RNA extraction, handling, processing, next-generation library preparation and sequencing on Illumina and Oxford Nanopore platforms, associated bioinformatic analyses of sequence data, and (2) basic field techniques for tick collection and surveillance.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online through Rutgers job postings.

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POSITION: CDC Health Informatics, Statistics and Ecology Fellowship, CDC Dengue Branch

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is currently available in the Dengue Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Fellow will participate in various aspects of Ae. aegypti research, including training in mosquito surveillance and control activities, data quality control, equipment calibration, statistical analyses, field work, and discussion and presentations of results.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the end of December 2021. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply through Zintellect CDC-DVBD-2021-0262 by September 29, 2021.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Agrilife Research

DESCRIPTION: Conduct research activities on resistance in the cattle fever tick to pesticides including bioassays and molecular experiments; record and analyze data/results; report research through regular oral presentations and publish in a timely manner in refereed journals; assist with research grant project reports; and keep abreast of all current literature on subject matter.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in entomology, parasitology, biology, or a closely related field. Demonstrated research experience/background in entomology/parasitology, and molecular biology techniques.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete application through Texas A&M Agrilife Research workday.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Genetics and Genomics

DESCRIPTION: The Program in Public Health at the University of California-Irvine seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to study population genetics and genomics of malaria parasites or mosquito vectors in the laboratory of Dr. Guiyun Yan. Areas of particular interests include population genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, and genomic epidemiology. This is a multi-year funded position, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of project funding.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidates must hold a Ph.D. and possess an outstanding publication record. Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas: population genetics, genomics, molecular evolution, and bioinformatics. Prior research experience on mosquitoes or parasites is highly desired, but not required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicant should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of past accomplishment and contact information of at least 3 references by email to: guiyuny@uci.edu.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Vector Ecologist / Medical Entomologist, Emory University

DESCRIPTION: The Vazquez-Prokopec Lab at Emory University seek an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher whose broad interests focus on medical entomology, vector ecology and control. This position will be supported by a NIH-funded project (U01AI148069) occurring in the city of Merida (Mexico) evaluating the epidemiologic impact of targeted indoor residual spraying on Aedes-borne viruses. More specifically, this post-doctoral opportunity will center on the study of the evolution of resistance to control interventions in Aedes aegypti.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in Entomology, Ecology or related fields. Fieldwork/experimental experience, particularly in the area of insecticide applications and/or insecticide resistance is desirable.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: To apply, submit a single PDF to Dr. Vazquez-Prokopec at gmvazqu@emory.edu including: a) an updated CV; b) two relevant publications published by you; c) names and contact information of three references.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Hamer Lab, Texas A&M

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects including the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, veterinary medicine or related fields. Strong quantitative skills are required and candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to lead data analyses and contribute to proposal writing.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: ghamer@tamu.edu.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the biology of arbovirus transmission at the vector-host-virus interface.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will use molecular, immunological and imaging methods. Individual with demonstrated experience in viral immunology and imaging is preferred. Enthusiastic individual should also have: (1) strong interest in the lab’s research; (2) willingness to work with BSL-3 agents within BSL-3/ABSL-3/ACL-3 laboratories; and (3) possess strong verbal/written communication &organizational skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or an informal discussion, contact Dr. Saravanan Thangamani at thangams@upstate.edu.

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. Deadline for application submission is May 23, 2021.

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Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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We are eager to work with partners in our region to promote opportunities in career development and training in vector-borne disease and public health. If you have an opportunity you would like us to share, please contact us today!